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    Burnt sap I have the same sorta set up my shack is on a 6x10 trailer aswell. I like that I can move it if needed. I have a D&G 18x48 evap, with some wood stack on one wall. 40 gallon storage tank and 5 gallon pail with hose going to copper pipe around chimney pipe for preheater. First year in it so still some quirks to work out and improve on.
    2014 - 3 taps mid season 1.5L syrup
    2015 - 40 taps on D&G 18x48 evap 6x10 sugar shack.
    35L syrup
    2016 planning for 40 taps 26L to quick to quit
    2017 45 taps 43L
    2018 55 taps 50L
    2019 58 taps ~16

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    image.jpgHaha. Love this thread!! Everyone rags on me because they call it a dog house. My shack is a 6 by 8 with a Halfpint in it. It keeps me and my gear out of wheather, on and off the season. I love it and I have fun doing it. If you read my profile I am dreaming of a real(bigger) sugar shack.

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    Just to put it out there I have a 2x6 in a 8x12. It would fit in a smaller shack but there would be no room for bottling or such.
    Years sugaring with Grandpa on a turkey fryer
    2013 50 taps on steam table pans outside
    2014 125+ taps on half pint 12x8 sugar shack
    2015 2x6 Sunrise metals JDL drop Flue 300 taps
    2016 Bought my first house. New area, less time, 125 taps
    2017 More time and getting closer to 300 taps again

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    Sounds nice . The guy next door has just an awesome set up and have told him if he ever sells give me a shout. Just tow it across the road
    Tap'em if ya got'em.

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    Sugar Shack.jpg
    My little shack is 9X9' three sided and I draw a tarp over the front for protection when not boiling. The evaporator is 18x48". Pretty tight with wood storage and I plan to expand the woodshed for storage next year.
    Dan

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    Here is an update on my progress.

    I took to heart what a lot of you contributed.

    I went with an 8x12 and that made a huge difference in usable space.

    It still meets every possible definition of a shack. I reclaimed a lot of lumber and metal roofing. The whole cost was below $500. It still needs a lot of work but I'm boiling in her today and it's cold outside so I'm happy as clam.

    Thanks for your help MT folks! Hopefully next year we can legally sell some of our specialty syrups that people keep asking for!


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    50 Reds, Silvers, Norways and Sugar Maple taps. 4' diameter round Amish made SS wood fired evaporator.

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    I love it, congrats.
    Pete Nightingale
    Lisbon, NH

    3 Teenage sap haulers & Plenty of friends and family to restock the beer fridge
    2012 1 tap and a pot
    2013 10 taps, oil tank evap, 2 gallons of slightly too thin syrup
    2014 48 taps improved oil tank evap 3.5 gallons, ouch??
    2015 88 taps 78 5/16" and 10 3/16" nat vac 40"x 48" Homemade Arch 13.25 Gallons
    2016 100 taps 65 on 3/16 & 35 buckets 17 gallons + unknown amount of maple / Jack Daniels testers

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    I love this greenhouse /sugar house build. Has anyone built anything like this? It looks like the original poster hasn't posted in a while. I would love to know how the build has stood up the last few years. I'm having to do some research on the clear polycarbonate siding.

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    I also have a tiny shack, built of pallets and sheet metal. Approx 8x10.

    And now I have a little bit of a problem....thanks to my new insurance company I now have to relocate it cause it has to be farther awy from my house. The trick is, it has to be moved down a fairly narrow strip of land (approx 20 ft wide) cause whatever moves it - a tractor presumably - can't go on my weeping field. Any other ideas?
    Been tapping since 2008, but mostly unexceptional til recent years.
    2014 - 18 taps/6 trees, 407l sap, 19l syrup
    2015 - 18 taps/6 trees, 424l sap and 20.75l syrup
    2016 - 18 taps/6 trees..701l sap, 24l syrup
    2017 - 17 taps/6 trees...474l sap, 15.75l syrup
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup
    2019 - 18 taps/8 trees...585l sap, 28l syrup...21:1 ratio

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    And now I have a little bit of a problem....thanks to my new insurance company I now have to relocate it cause it has to be farther awy from my house. The trick is, it has to be moved down a fairly narrow strip of land (approx 20 ft wide) cause whatever moves it - a tractor presumably - can't go on my weeping field. Any other ideas?[/QUOTE]

    Jack it up and put a couple of logs underneath it (make sure they over hang the front and back on the structure). Then use 2x4's to tie the logs together with barn nails. From there, wrap a strap or chain around the front 2x4 and either use a wench or track machine (excavator) to move it where ever you want.
    Maple Man 85
    Anthony & Rebecca Renken
    2017=200 taps
    2018=4000 taps (goal) 3000 taps (actual)
    2019=7000 taps (goal)
    30x45 Sugar House
    4x16 Leader Vortex
    www.northwoodsmaplefarm.com

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